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Paul Bradley Steps In to Face Rafael Natal at UFC 133

The tumultuous UFC 133 fight card has undergone another change as former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Paul Bradley (16-2) will step in on short notice to face Rafael Natal (12-3-1) at the Aug. 6 event in Philadelphia.

News of the matchup was first reported by MMAWeekly.

Natal was scheduled to face Constantinos Philippou, but an injury to Alessio Sakara prompted the UFC to elevate Philippou into a bout against Sakara’s original opponent Jorge Rivera.

Bradley appeared on the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and won his preliminary bout to get into the house, but was forced to leave the competition due to a contagious skin infection.  Bradley is a Shark Fights and Strikeforce veteran who is currently on a three fight winning streak.  He holds notable wins over UFC veterans Johnny Rees and Dante Rivera.

Natal will be looking for his first Octagon win at UFC 133. He last appeared at UFC 124 in a draw with Jesse Bongfeldt, and before that lost his Octagon debut to Rich Attonito.  The biggest win of Natal’s career came by knockout over former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Travis Lutter.

UFC 133 will be headlined by a light heavyweight rematch between former champions Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz, as well as a middleweight tilt between Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

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